min·​u·​et | \ ˌmin-yə-ˈwet How to pronounce minuet (audio) \

Definition of minuet

1 : a slow graceful dance in ³/₄ time characterized by forward balancing, bowing, and toe pointing
2 : music for or in the rhythm of a minuet

Examples of minuet in a Sentence

The orchestra played a minuet.
Recent Examples on the Web Choreographing their minuet was one of engineers’ biggest challenges. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 7 Apr. 2022 The whimsy of its kinetic minuet (pivotal not least to the symphony but to the future of third movements at large) carried over into an energetic finale that built from the violins and spread outward like a wildfire. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2022 One of the Taliban’s more complicated new-old relationships will be with Pakistan, which for two decades engaged in the delicate minuet of formally allying itself with the U.S. while serving as a Taliban sanctuary. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2021 The quartet took a stately tempo in the minuet, emphasizing its courtly associations. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 27 Apr. 2021 The object of the game: Players compose a 16-bar minuet by rolling a die and then choosing, bar by bar, which of six musical options, composed by Haydn, should come next. New York Times, 6 Mar. 2021 Kent State, 30 minuets after Game 7 conclusion, ESPN Plus. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 10 Mar. 2020 Vibrant minuets of abstract color by Marley Freeman, and the primordial exploding suns, in oil on burlap, of Alvaro Barrington. Will Heinrich, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2020 The strings sang sweetly in the second movement, and the conductor underscored the dance motifs of the minuet. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, 27 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of minuet

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for minuet

French menuet, from obsolete French, tiny, from Old French, from menu small, from Latin minutus

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“Minuet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minuet. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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min·​u·​et | \ ˌmin-yə-ˈwet How to pronounce minuet (audio) \

Kids Definition of minuet

: a slow graceful dance

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